Secondly, I realised that there were other ways to travel solo; than just by living out of a backpack and being restricted to a really tight budget. After giving it some serious thought I realised I didn’t have to give up my job to travel, nor did I have to do it by dragging all my belongings with me cross country. For me, a healthy holiday allowance with my company and living at home meant I had sufficient time and funds to do the solo travel thing my own way. Please remember that ‘travelling’ comes in all shapes and sizes. If you like your home comforts and want to travel intermittently around your job like me, then you can. Or alternatively if you want to take a year out, pack a bag and travel the world without adhering to set dates or specific destinations, then you can! Now the biggest thing that influenced my decision to travel around on my own is a bit more personal. In early 2011 I was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD. I’ll elaborate more on this another day maybe, but it restricted me in ways you cannot imagine.
Some days I couldn’t even leave the house or sleep in a room on my own. After a few years of support, self-love and learning to accept my faults rather than fight against them, I wanted to push myself further. I wanted to take full control of my anxiety, rather than let it control me. So after wishing I could for so long, I finally did. I booked a solo trip to NYC, then another, I then worked in Dublin for a month, followed by a trip to Rome, Croatia and now Australia – all of this on my own. It was definitely terrifying and I definitely had a few moments where I doubted myself and shed a few tears, but was it worth it? FUCK YEAH! Pushing myself, no matter how hard it was, meant that I got to travel, meet new people and do things that I definitely wouldn’t have achieved cooped up in my room. I finally stuck my middle finger up to any mental health problems that I might have and it felt AMAZING.
Have you ever previously travelled solo? If so, what were your reasons? If not, is it something you'd consider doing?